The fiercest comedy ever made about Europe's invasion of North America, set at the millenium turnover, Kubrick steals Woody Allen's genre and landscape and piles on the droll for a response to his alternate future in A Clockwork Orange. Initially imagined for Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, EWS acquires other metaphors with its Cruise/Kidman-ization, who allow him to blend his original idea with Cruise's archetype's fallen idol narrative. C-K appear at first to have won the wrestling match. Between these two scenes below Dr. Bill Harford (Harvard) will visit a dead body named Lou Nathanson, where in a green room with a christmas tree, a woman will attempt seduction over her father's dead body. Far from a fetish experience, EWS is proof film is the borderline between the unconscious and the conscious.
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By the early 60's Mao's hold on power began to dissipate, so he enacted the Cultural Revolution, which was a ploy to destabilize his opposition and energize his image. By rooting out the intelligentsia by empowering youth to question their elders, in direct opposition to reverence normally granted the aged, he made inner existing imbalances fall into his favor, and by ratcheting anti-west sentiment, he utilized xenophobia and nationalism to extend the centrality of the party. The Soviet Union had contributed advisors, resources and capital to aid the early communist days of Red China but as Mao properly calculated, by exposing flaws in their Marxist-Leninist neighbor's ideology, he could increase his dynamic hold. Below are a gallery of Cultural Revolution anti-Soviet images.
Above: The Soviets were accused of pretending to be communists and portrayed as secretly craven materialists. A Soviet cargo ship is defaced with anti-Soviet slogans. Luggage belonging to Soviet Consulate staff is covered in more slogans: "Smash the skulls of the Soviet revisionist pigs!" A street in Bejing is labelled multi-lingually anti-Soviet and as an additional propagandic layer, the English is crossed out as an Anti-U.S slight.